Jan 6 Committee Targets Steve Bannon for Ignoring Subpoena

Steve Bannon has refused to comply with a subpoena from the January 6 committee — and now they want to hold him in contempt of Congress. Bannon was scheduled but failed to appear Thursday for deposition.

He also failed to supply documents the committee requested last week. His attorney had already informed the committee that his client would not comply at former President Donald Trump’s request.

Bannon has obliged Trump and stiff-armed the committee to the behest of Mississippi Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson.

Thompson, chairman of the committee, confirmed that “Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke. We reject his position entirely.” He also said, “The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed.”

Bannon served as Trump’s chief political strategist and helped run his 2016 campaign. He was fired by Trump in 2017 and was not on Trump’s payroll but a civilian at the time of the January 6 riot.

After hearing the announcement, Trump criticized their latest move, calling the group “the January 6 Unselect Committee” and affirming that “the people are not going to stand for it!” Thompson has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to let Bannon, nor the others who are also refusing to cooperate, get away with it.

The committee will vote on the matter Tuesday, and if they vote yes, the matter will go to the House of Representatives. A yes vote from the House will result in a referral of criminal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C.

“The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report,” said Thompson.

If convicted, Bannon could face up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.

Committee members are hopeful their threat of criminal charges will successfully pressure witnesses into cooperating. The tactic has been successful before, as witnesses rarely push through the criminal proceedings.

 

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